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Indiana Secretary of State visits new Elkhart County Voting Centers

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Elkhart Voters were in for something new when they went to the polls Tuesday.  The County implemented its new voting centers.  Instead of being tied to one specific precinct, voters could choose to vote at any one of the new 25 streamlined locations.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson visited the centers Tuesday.  She says they're being well received.  "I can tell you that the poll workers are thrilled with the equipment," Lawson says.  "They're saying it's easier and faster, but for the county and the voters this is a way for the counties to decrease their election expense."

Lawson says Indiana is the first state in the nation to codify what the standards are for certification.  "All this equipment that is here, the voting system as well as the electronic poll book, have all been run through a voting system technical oversight program so that we know it will work properly," she says. 

Lawson says in 2012 only seven counties had implemented the voting center concept.  Now, in 2014, there are 16 counties participating.  It's not mandatory.  "I think the legislature was wise in making it an option," Lawson says.  She says limited internet access could make voting centers harder to pull off in smaller counties. 
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